Everyone’s invited to attend the Memorial Day Salute at the Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 27th at 11:00 am. Memorial Day has its roots in the Southern tradition of decorating veterans’ graves that began after the Civil War and eventually became a national holiday. Each year, the members of The American Legion, the VFW, and numerous volunteers place more than 750 American flags on the graves of local veterans throughout Mason County to honor their memory and their service to our beloved country.
The Veterans Memorial is located on the NE corner of the Courthouse Lawn in downtown Mason. Volunteers are needed to help transport chairs from the American Legion Post Hall on Post Hill St. to the Courthouse Lawn. Anyone who could help with chairs should come to the American Legion Post Hall at 9:00am. Also, any veteran who wants to participate in the Rifle Squad should also arrive at the Post Hall at 9:00am. All volunteers are welcome!
After the conclusion of the Memorial Day Salute, the Boy Scouts are planning to hold a Flag Decommissioning Ceremony. Burning is the accepted method of retiring American flags that are too damaged to be flown. Flags should never be discarded in the trash. There is a white receptacle outside The American Legion Post Hall where flags can be placed for proper disposal in the future.
For more information on the Memorial Day Salute or other veterans activities in Mason, please contact Lawrence Spell, 429-6224. For information on The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, please contact Gail Coldiron, 347-9016.